I can’t wipe the smile off of my face today (and I cannot believe that its the first of May already!). Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be able to sustain a blog for a whole month (6 weeks actually, to be exact). And yet here I am. Finally I have a new year’s resolution that I’ve actually achieved.
I started this blog as a way to share some of my experiences and the lessons I’ve learned in the five years that I’ve been living with type 1 diabetes. I wanted an outlet where I could share my passion for writing and digital media. I’ve also been trying to find a career in marketing/communications for quite some time and I figured this would be a good testament for any prospective employer.
I actually began planning this blog back in October last year. I spent a lot of time drafting posts, fiddling with the design and layout of the blog several times and over thinking about how I would make it successful. And to be completely honest, most of it was just wasted time.
I released 3 of my pre drafted posts back in January, but it wasn’t until late March that I decided to make a serious start and just take it as it goes. As much as I wanted to make this a daily blog, I knew that it wouldn’t be realistic and the quality of my work would suffer. As much as I wanted this to be an overnight success, I knew it would take time and hard work.
I just started writing, and more ideas would come to me as I went along. In the beginning, I didn’t even think there was much of a diabetes community, or blogs out there. But I started using Twitter and I quickly discovered plenty of interesting people, and blogs, to follow. I started engaging in the online diabetes community. And people followed me, people discovered my blog and some were even nice enough to give me some promotion.
These are by far the most impressionable online diabetes resources that I have discovered in the past month:
- Diabetogenic Blog / @RenzaS on Twitter
- Coffee and Insulin Blog / @coffeeinsulin on Twitter
- Scott’s Diabetes Blog / @scottkjohnson on Twitter
- Oz Diabetes Online Community
- Diabetic Lounge Facebook Group / @diabeticlounge on Twitter
- #IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes Twitter Hashtag
I highly recommend you check them out. And I’m sure there are heaps more out there that I’m yet to discover.
From the bottom of my heart, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you that have visited and read my blog during the past month. To those of you who have followed me on Twitter. To those of you who have left comments on my blog. And to those of you who given my blog a shout out on Twitter.
I know it may not seem like much, but to me it means the world.
I cannot wait to see what May will bring.